I am interested in animal behaviour and ecology, comparative colour vision, animal welfare and human animal interactions. I have conducted both field research, and research on captive animals. I promote the welfare of animals housed in captivity, for example through lecturing, courses and open-access websites (see marmosetcare.com, 247animalwelfare.eu/ and RefiningDogCare.com).
Together with my former PhD student, Dr Lou Tasker, funded by a BBSRC CASE studentship, I contributed to The Macaque Website of the NC3Rs (nc3rs.org.uk/macaques/), launched in April 2015. Tasker (2012) PhD thesis (https://dspace.stir.ac.uk/handle/1893/9801#.W0iJh9JKjcs )
I graduated from St. Andrews University, where I returned as a post-doc after completing my PhD at Reading University under the supervision of Hilary Box. I began working at the University of Stirling in 1989, and following a lectureship at Lancaster University took a full time position at Stirling in 1995.
Current External Positions
Member of the Animal Welfare and Ethics group, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (2013-current)
Member of the Living Links Executive Board and leader of the "Welfare and mixed-species living" project (2008-current).
Corresponding member of the Primate Society of Great Britain's Captive Care Working Party (1996- present).
Member of the Editorial Board of Neotropical Primates (Jan 2000 - present).
Member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group: Neotropical Section (1995-present).
Member of the BIAZA Research Group - Reporting Group (2002 - present) and the BIAZA animal welfare sub-group (2011-).
Member of the Ethics Committee, Blair Drummond Safari Park (2005 - present).
Core member of the Scottish Primate Research Group (1995 - present).
Previous positions include:
Member of the Home Office's Animal Procedures Committee (2009-2012) and member of their Primates Subcommittee and Housing and Husbandry Subcommittee.
Member of the European Association for Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Animal Welfare Working group (2015-2018)
External Examiner for MScs in Exeter (2007-2011) and St Andrews (2008-2011) Universities.
Council Member of the Primate Society of Great Britain (2008 - 2011).
Member of the Executive Committee for the XXII Congress of the International Primatological Society, Edinburgh, 2008.
Member of the International Primatological Society's Captive Care Committee (2002 - 2008), with shared responsibility for rewriting the "IPS International Guidelines for the acquisition, care, and breeding of nonhuman primates".
Member of the BVA(AWF)/FRAME/RSPCA/UFAW Joint Working Group on Refinement in primates (2003 - 2008).